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He Wrongfully Spent 45 Years in Prison in 'Weak at Best' Case

Now 65-year-old Wilbert Jones is free after his rape conviction was overturned

(Newser) - A 65-year-old Louisiana man arrested at 19 and sentenced to life without parole walked out of prison Wednesday, saying "God is so good" after his rape conviction was overturned. Authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Wilbert Jones decades ago, and their case against him was "weak at... More »

New Evidence Unveiled in Weird California Kidnap Case

Male, female DNA was recovered from Sherri Papini

(Newser) - Authorities have released new details in the Sherri Papini case, almost a year after the California mother of two young children vanished after going for a jog. She disappeared on Nov. 2 last year and was next seen 22 days later, when she flagged down a passing car 150 miles... More »

Video Allegedly Shows More Planted Evidence in Baltimore

2 cops under investigation after November traffic stop

(Newser) - More drug charges have been dropped in Baltimore as a result of a second body-camera video that apparently shows police officers planting evidence. The unreleased video "appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence," according to the city's public defender. The news comes less than... More »

'Stakes Are Incredibly High': DA on 4 Missing Men

Bucks County, Pa., DA says 'important evidence' has been found, but no remains

(Newser) - Police have recovered "important" evidence but no human remains as they methodically search a large Pennsylvania farm this week for clues to the disappearance of four young men believed to be victims of foul play, the AP reports. A county prosecutor said Wednesday the search will remain focused on... More »

Cosby May Soon Regret Joke About Spanish Fly

Comedian's references to supposed aphrodisiac are 'damaging admissions'

(Newser) - Prosecutors preparing to try actor Bill Cosby on sexual-assault charges want to use not only his explosive deposition testimony about getting quaaludes to give to women before sex, but also his riffs on trying to slip women the supposed aphrodisiac Spanish fly. In a court filing Thursday, they say the... More »

Intel Chief: 'Clearly President Was Wrong' on Wiretap

Devin Nunes says HIC has found no evidence for Trump's claims

(Newser) - Within a half-hour span on the morning of March 4, President Trump laid out a stunning series of tweets that made some serious accusations : namely, that then-President Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower shortly before the election. On Wednesday, the head of the House Intelligence Committee offered that... More »

Roof: No Witnesses, Evidence in My Defense

Judge tells 22-year-old 'it's a bad idea' to go with that plan for penalty phase of trial

(Newser) - The sentencing phase of Dylann Roof's federal hate-crimes trial, in which he could be given the death penalty, begins Tuesday, and the 22-year-old who killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, in 2015 told a judge Wednesday at a pretrial hearing that he still intends to serve as his... More »

Israel: We've Got Proof Obama Set Up UN Resolution

Says it's ready to hand 'evidence' right over to President-elect Trump

(Newser) - Israel has been voicing its displeasure about the United States' abstention from a UN Security Council vote Friday that called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements. So has Donald Trump, who's vowed "things will be different after Jan. 20th." Now Israel is offering the president-elect what... More »

LAPD Testing Knife Allegedly Found on OJ's Property

Though police spokesman warns the entire story could be 'bogus'

(Newser) - An LAPD spokesman has confirmed a TMZ report that detectives are investigating a knife said to have been found on the former estate of OJ Simpson—possibly a weapon involved in the stabbings that killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the AP reports. LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman said the... More »

TMZ Has Crazy Story About an OJ Knife

If true, this could be huge

(Newser) - Its sources are just that—"sources," with no more specific identifiers other than that they're in law enforcement—but TMZ has an incredible story about an allegedly hush-hush investigation being conducted by the LAPD in connection with a knife supposedly found on the perimeter of the former... More »

Cop: Fake Evidence, Lying 'Part of the Game'

Florida deputy spills tactics to DC Post

(Newser) - Sheriff's deputies in Palm Beach, Fla., don't lie and plant evidence because they're particularly corrupt or desperate to make an arrest—they do it as a way of life, according to a deputy who spoke anonymously. DC Post caught up with him after he posted a blog... More »

How Hair Can (and Can't) Tell Us If Someone Is Dead

Fungus-eaten locks don't mean a missing person is dead

(Newser) - If hair at a crime scene shows signs of a "fungal invasion," forensic scientists may well conclude the hair's owner is dead—but that's not the case, a new study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B explains. Conventional wisdom has held that the fungi... More »

How Police Destroy Leftover Drug Evidence

Officials face numerous hurdles in incineration process

(Newser) - What happens to all the drugs police seize, once the stuff has already served its purpose as evidence? Well, it's typically burned, the AP reports, though there's a lot of variety in how authorities go about it. Drugs have been incinerated everywhere from crematories to factories to hospitals.... More »

Cops Take New Look at Cobain Death, Find Zilch

But police will release some previously unseen photos

(Newser) - Are police reopening the case of Kurt Cobain's death? Media reports out of Seattle this morning indicated as much, as KIRO 7 reported that police had developed four previously unseen rolls of film that had been sitting in the evidence vault since the Nirvana frontman's death. Police said... More »

Dear Prosecutors, Rap Lyrics Aren't Actual Confessions

Let's keep them out of courtrooms: Erik Nielson and Charis Kubrin

(Newser) - When Vonte Skinner was convicted of attempted murder in 2008, the evidence against him included 13 pages of violent rap lyrics. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but four years later, an appellate court ruled that the lyrics weren’t admissible evidence—and it overturned his conviction. New... More »

Zimmerman Not Getting His Gun Back Yet, After All

Return is on hold pending the Department of Justice's probe

(Newser) - The FBI has thrown the brakes on a plan to return George Zimmerman's gun , asking Florida authorities to hold on to all evidence until it completes its civil rights investigation . "They have an investigation they are conducting," a Sanford police official tells USA Today . "Until that... More »

FBI: No Ricin at Suspect's Home

Lawyer says Paul Kevin Curtis is the 'perfect scapegoat'

(Newser) - Federal investigators haven't found any ricin, any ricin ingredients, or even any devices that could have been used to make ricin, "like a blender or something," in suspect Paul Kevin Curtis' home, an FBI agent testified in a hearing yesterday, according to the AP . Nor did Curtis'... More »

Blood of India Rape Victim 'on Clothes of Accused'

Prosecutor links accused men to forensic evidence

(Newser) - The latest in the India gang-rape case: A public prosecutor said yesterday that forensic evidence links the accused to the monstrous rape of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus, the Guardian reports. In a pretrial hearing, the prosecutor told a judge that the five accused men tried burning their... More »

Superstorm Ruined Scads of NYPD Evidence

Thousands of barrels of DNA evidence may be irretrievable

(Newser) - Superstorm Sandy left the NYPD with a huge headache by swamping a pair of warehouses holding huge amounts of evidence. The storm surge breached the warehouses and sent some of the thousands of barrels containing DNA evidence into the muck, possibly contaminating some and creating a mess that has made... More »

Police Chemist Arrested for Faking Drug Tests

Thousands of convictions could go out the window in Boston

(Newser) - Former Massachusetts State Police chemist Annie Dookhan was led out of her home in handcuffs today after sparking a scandal that could wind up freeing thousands jailed on drug charges. Dookhan allegedly lied both when applying for her job and under oath about having a master's in chemistry, and... More »

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